Berlin - Luis Suarez's appeal against a four-month ban from football for biting an opponent during a World Cup game has started on Friday at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Suarez, who is attending the hearing in person, is hopeful of having his suspension reduced.
"We must control our optimism because we have respect for the court," said Daniel Cravo, the lawyer for the Uruguayan Football Association.
CAS said in a statement Wednesday its final decision is "likely to be rendered some days after the conclusion of the hearing."
Suarez was banned for nine Uruguay internationals and four months overall from football by the ruling body FIFA for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup group game in June.
It was his third career biting offence. The international ban makes him ineligible for the 2015 Copa America while the general suspension runs until October 25.
Suarez has moved from Liverpool to Barcelona, whose first Spanish league match is on August 24.